English: O-Parts Hunter
Published: Aug 11, 2001 to Dec 12, 2007
Authors: Kishimoto, Seishi (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Gangan
Score: 7.701 (scored by 11043 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Story: Something quite captivating; the whole O-Parts concept,the other path of evolution and the Kabblah really are something different than what you usually read. Not too long and drawn out, the story is just the right size even having enough room for 3 time period looks( which all look awesome on the characters). The only thing that put me off was the clumped together information / battles. Maybe it's just a pet peeve but it slightly bothered me not seeing main characters for 3-4 (50 page long) chapters. Other than that, the plot really carries a deep meaning, sprinkled with those values that make us all go "Awww".The story is a 9.
Art: A lot of arguments can be brought up here as the style is VERY similar to that of Naruto. Yet you cannot call it a copy as in some parts it's actually better than Masashi's (I personaly think Seishi's post time-skip characters in some parts are superior to Masashi's). Anyway, the style fits the story like a glove on a hand. What made me from giving it a 10 was the sometimes corseness of the art, especially at the beginning. Other than that, in my opinion, it's actually a refreshing change compared to pretty-eyed, stylish and deatailed manga. You feel the rawness of power and action through the art and that draws out the full enjoyment. A 9.
Character: The strongest point in the manga, supporting the story 120% and fullfilling the arts expectations. All the characters have different pasts that are very often entertwined with others. All of them hold their own unique personalities and you can get a lot of enjoyment from any of them. This is probably the only manga where I don't have a hated(or deeply disliked) character. All of them show something to the reader and character interactions are simpy superb! The way they develop thoughout the story is also very believable and fitting so I think if you enjoy having a hard time choosing a favourite from a favourite, you should choose these guys. They deserve a 10!
Enjoyment: When sitting down to a chapter, you can feel the impatience bubbling inside of you, waiting to see what will happen next. And that is rightly so! I enjoyed many of the Ruby/Jio interactions (proabably 'cause I'm a romantic at heart), the O-Part battles, the steady unraveling of the plot. All of these factors made me read the story with feverish excitment and raised my enjoyment to one of the higest ones possible. I really got a full 10 out of the manga.
Overall: A manga worth the time and money. A bit of effort might be necessary to get into it (not to mention the english name isn't exactly flattering) but when you finaly get drawn into the story, it'll be very hard to withdraw. Shonen, Action, Supernatural, Spiritual and people can argue but I decide that there is definite Romance, this is a manga you really should pick up if you have the chance. I'm sure you won't be disappointed!
Thank you for reading my review and hope that you will read the manga if you have the chance! I hope it has been helpful! read more
Even with this simple premise, 666 Satan has in fact a relatively complex plot, in this manga Seishi Kishimoto used various elements from religions all around the world, but most of all from Judaism (so, if you fell you might get offended or something, you shouldn't read this), to create a new world, that lives an constant conflict, derived from it's own history, and to make it more beliavable, it's filled with a great variety of towns, each with it's unique wheater, culture and what not. In fact the story itself deserves an perfect score, however, the way it was told wasn't flawless. The pace wasn't always well conduced by the author, rushing at crucial points, and taking a long time to finish arcs that weren't really that important. Although this new "world" created on 666 Satan is really great, the plot itself is quite predictable and filled with clichés (especially towards the end), borrowing elements from many other classic shounens, so, if you already have some "luggage" on the genre, you will be able to tell where the story is going at some points, which makes the experience of reading this manga much less enjoyable.
Given the fact that the Kishimoto brothers started drawing manga together, it's kind of a given that they would have a similar style. This tells all about the art in 666 Satan, it's exactly like Naruto's: simple and clean most of the times, but detailed in the most exciting moments (it gets specially good when he is drawing demons); with lots of varied landscapes; and girls with unusual faces.
By reading this manga I got the impression that in the author's mind, all girls fall in love extremely fast, ALWAYS. There is not one female character in the show that is not in love with someone (usually someone she meet a few days ago). Also, all the "romance" in the manga seems rushed: in one chapter the characters don't care/hate each other, in the next one they are completly in love, which pass a feeling that there is a missing chapter in there. Inspite of this unusual trait in the female characters, they, overall, have an quite captivating personality, even if sometimes they tend to fall back in the tipical shounen character (the same can be said about the male characters).
One of the highest points in this manga (and what makes up for some of it's defects) is basically the fights: as there are countless types of O-Part's, all fights are different from one another, giving the impression that the stronger O-Part or OPT doens't necessarily will win, it will depend on ability of each one to think of the better strategy to use his O-Part and the battleground in his favor, this dynamic makes most (if not all) the fight very entertaining and exciting.
Summarizing, if Seishi Kishimoto had written this manga with a little more experince (perhaps with one or two manga already published) he could have turned 666 Satan into an great shounen (on the same level of Bleach or Naruto), but nevertheless, he wrote a very good story that, even if it's not an "must read", it's recommended for every fan of the genre. read more
The drawing style resembles Masashi Kishimoto style, however, there is a certain problem with characters anatomy (e.g. the arms are too wide or the face is deformed).
In conclusion, I wouldn't recommend this series to anyone. It is simply dull, and it copies schemes from other popular shonen manga. It's better to read them first and leave '666 Satan' alone. read more
Like Naruto himself who is always aspiring to become the Hokage of his village, the hero of this manga, Jio Freed, has a dream himself, just a bit more ambitious; to rule the world. He is joined by a handful of friends as they embark on a journey to fulfill each of their dreams; but like every shounen story, little do they know they're in for another save the world plot. As generic and vague a description that is, it's actually a pretty fun ride. Although the concepts of the O-Parts, specialized weapons each with different and unique attributes to use during battle, are nothing special, the fights themselves are well choreographed and are exciting to watch. Each of the fights are constructed using intense strategies and tactics that almost always have you on the edge of your seat.
It is pretty clear that Seishi Kishimoto devoted quite some time creating the battles, but he also made sure that the story was just as great. Although not to spoil the goods, it's a bit like Naruto's tailed beasts concept, except replace the monsters with demons and angels. Like Naruto who is harboring one of these monsters within him, Jio Freed is also the same who actually carries within him Satan, the strongest of them all. Over the course of the story, we are told bits by bits the mysteries of the these demons and angels, along with the origins of O-Parts and the history of the world. The pacing is one of the best you'll find in a shounen and the execution is just perfect.
Although it may seem like Jio Freed is just a Naruto copy cat, the characters as a whole, including Jio, are just much more likable and believable than the ones in Naruto. They're more developed, they have better chemistry with each other, and just show more emotion. Kirin, this manga's version of Kakashi, just seems to have a more interesting personality, and Ball, who is actually the playful rival of Jio, is actually the better bestfriend compliment as oppose to Sasuke. For a while, 666 Satan was actually molding to be the better version of Naruto.
That is until it hits a certain plot twist, which I should add was absolutely great, but it dives head first into the dumps afterwards. When a manga was being paced so nicely for 50 chapters and offers nothing but quality after quality chapters, and then wraps it up suddenly in just a matter of 26 chapters, it's just unbelievable how one of the better shounen mangas out there is just absolutely ruined. The battles remain somewhat consistent, but the character development and the story just turn into complete shambles. And the sad part is that it wasn't just a matter of declining quality; you could see how the manga would be like if it were stretched out into at least 50 more chapters, but it's as if the editor told Seishi Kishimoto to wrap it up, took out all sense of quality in the remaining plot, and called it a day.
Really a shame. A huge huge shame. It was firing on all cylinders and doing everything great that a manga should be doing. A phenomenally memorable cast, some eye pleasing battles, a nicely paced storyline coupled with some stunning plot twists, but the last 1/3rd of the manga was just bad. Almost bad enough to drag the other 2/3rds into complete mediocrity, but fortunately it wasn't THAT bad. 666 Satan is largely still one of the better shounen reads out there and is a must read for fans of the genre, especially Naruto fans, but expect to be disappointed towards the end, big time. read more
Those looking for similarities, won't have to try hard to spot them. There's Jio Freed, a boy who grew up alone, hated because he had the Kyuub-, I mean Satan sealed inside of him. There's the Akatsuki, err, these organizations, trying to capture the tailed be-err, the Angels and Devils. And so on, and so on. Similarities aren't necessarily a bad thing. There's more to 666 Satan, though.
To be honest, I was contemplating dropping this after some chapters. No matter how I looked at it, it was just another Frankenstein of a manga. A mixture of many different popular ideas, which doesn't come up as charming as initially hoped. Also, fanservice is one thing. Having a naked neko hacker giving her explanation of the Big Bang, made me question myself for reading this.
And then, there was the recipe that never fails. Dragonball taught us how to love fighting tournaments. All kinds of different fighters and techniques, competing with each other, with the occasional drama too. Ever since that point, 666 Satan is a non-stop fun ride; a ride never to slow down, as one fight just leads to another, with more and more interesting, powerful characters showing up while the secrets of the Kabbalah unfold.
The amount of time it takes to get to this point is certainly not neglectable. But after this point, there's no reason not to love this. There's non-stop action. Sure, hot girls, hot guys, too. Implementation of more popular "techniques", by skipping some four years, and having these characters "level up"; then you have these brats, turning into some pretty cool looking guys. Some quite emotional side stories, especially towards the end. Some gruesome monsters, which will send body parts flying around. Drawings that keep getting better, too. And more old-school influences; I couldn't help but think of NGE, during this guy's grasp of Armageddon.
Fair or not, when it comes to the unavoidable comparison with Naruto there are three kind of people, the way I see it. Most Naruto fans should effortlessly enjoy their favourite manga's little brother. Even if there is a slim chance for haters to like this, I don't think they would have the patience to get to the point when things get interesting. And, ah, there's a third category too. My favourite. Those who just -have- to be "alternative". "You crazy? I h a t e Naruto, but I l o v e 666 Satan!" I'm sure you do, but instead of arguing about why similarly tasting food tastes similar, let us get back to the point.
Here is a collective of some genuinely interesting characters.This guy's not bad. His intentions are good, and honest; never hiding his influences, and keeping superfluous chapters to a minimum. Personally, I will be looking forward to future works. read more
Seishi Kishimoto goes to extremes when he is using the religious idoms and thoughts, you will find Jio more complex than most of the shounen heroes. Of course it has it is typical shounen moments but it is shounen so what else to expect? The main reason i love this manga much more than all the shounens out there is the fact that it has a detailed and actually smart story telling.
Jio sometimes can be very annoying, but his mindset is so emphatically explained that you end up liking him anyway. As you see him grow up with every chapter you and his interact with his "inner self" you get the feel that he is really a part of your life.
Seishi is more fair-hearted when it comes to women than his brother but he still lacks the talent to objectively describe any deep feeling of female characters which is like the only minus of this manga.
The art is your typical shounen art, lots of exagerations and drama, but you will find it more detailed and creative than the most.
I need to say this manga is must read if you are into shounen, and looking for something more intense than the mainstream ones. I suggest you at least give it a try, after first few chapters it gets more interesting with each one.
Maybe in the end you will find yourself-like me- questioning why this manga never got an anime adaption, after all there are very terrible shounens out there. read more
The first thing you have to know about O-Parts Hunter is this: it’s essentially the zany union of Dragon Ball and Naruto. Like Dragon Ball, it features a young girl on a quest (Ruby Crescent) accompanied by her younger protector (Jio Freed). Like Naruto, the young boy is possessed by an ancient and terrible evil. But while most copy-cats are destined to lurk in the shadows of their source material, O-Parts Hunter rises to the challenge.
Originally called “666 Satan” in Japan, the story follows two kids, Ruby and Jio, as they search for the “Legendary O-Part”. Their motivations are very different: Ruby wants to fulfill her father’s dream, while Jio unapologetically states his goal is “World Domination”. Their partnership is both a blessing and a curse for our plucky heroine.
On the one hand, Jio is incredibly strong. Showing all the usual shonen-hero luck and resourcefulness, he manages to save the day just in the nick of time. On the other hand, the demon that possesses this boy is a bloodthirsty monster. Naruto’s Kyuubi looks like a tame kitten in comparison. The devil inside Jio seems determined to destroy anything the boy ever loves, and he frequently gains control of his host to do so.
What I liked most about the story was comparing it to other books, and seeing where they differed. Jio grows up ostracized just like Naruto, but reacts to it in a very different way. Ruby’s resemblance to Bulma seems like an intentional homage—she even has the blue hair!— and she serves well to move the plot along without being too annoying. Even after reading just the first volume, I was already invested in the future of our little hunter duo. As far as shonen series go, this is one to look out for! read more
The art bears a strong resemblance to Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto, perhaps understandably, as Seishi Kishimoto is his twin brother.
Set in a fantasy world where treasure hunters seek ancient artifacts called O-Parts, the story follows Ruby, a treasure hunting girl, and Jio, a young spiky-haired boy who contains the split personality of Satan (who's not nearly as bad as you'd expect).
For the most part, the mood is light and suitable for younger teenagers, with Dragon Ball Z-influenced fight scenes and imaginative otherworldly backgrounds.
Personaly I like it because it's very captivating, like DragonBall used to be !!! read more